I learned a lot about myself over this past year. I discovered more about who I am, what I live for, and the things I really want to do with my life, but most of all I have been looking at my dreams as definite possibilities. I have always had dreams that I put in this box of “that will never happen” but just recently I have become more proactive about them. Because yes it can happen, but only if I truly put my all into it and see that it is 100% what I want to do. So twenty sixteen brought on some of that hard thinking.
Last year also had me thinking a lot about who I am and how I want myself to be perceived in this world. I am still young and I have so much more life to live. I love adventure, travel and doing spontaneous things, so 2016 showed me that I need to stop acting so adult all the time and still have fun to enjoy my twenties while I can. Yes, I still have so much more to learn, but I can tell you right now that my life has come with some amazing experiences already. I am in awe of all that could happen in just 22 years and I am thankful to have the parents, family and friends that I have to support, encourage, and have fun with me in this incredible thing called life.
Two years ago, I moved to Houston, Texas, and it is so different then where I am from. I grew up in a small town in Central Valley California; Turlock. When you move to another state, you basically have to start all over from scratch and it can be quite the struggle. In 2016 I finished my second year at a new university and met some great new friends along the way. I also got to see my old friends from my previous school. Although I moved to a different state, I have kept the friendships I built at the first university I attended and that, to me, is a miracle because it is so hard to keep friendships going when you live thousands of miles away. These friends are genuine, honest, real, loving and caring; they are the friends you would do absolutely anything for. I’m so thankful that I have spent another year with them and I’m excited for all that we will see together in the future.
The year 2016 also carried some very exciting moments in our family! My most favorite was in November when my only sister got married! Her wedding was in Cali and it was by far one of the best weeks of my life. We spent the whole week with family – dancing, and having the best times. It was just what I needed in the middle of a very difficult semester. I was so pumped to see all my fam again and even more excited to finally watch and be a part of my sister marrying the man of her dreams. I loved planning her wedding with her, it seriously was the icing on the cake of my 2016.
As I walked into 2017, I’m realizing it’s the year change sort of took me by surprise. It usually does every year, but this year it was different because I did not feel like it changed at all. I realized after a week that it was a new year and then I ended up making a hard decision of withdrawing from the university I had been going to since I moved to Houston. Even though I have taken a back seat on school, I know that it will be good for me – emotionally, mentally and even physically. It has give me more time to think about the dreams I have and what I want to do when I am completely done with school. It was definitely a great decision after all and something I know was needed for now.
So I look forward into 2017 and all the things that could happen. I am ecstatic for some upcoming adventures and trips that I cannot wait to share with you guys, but ultimately I am glad that I am finally being active with my dreams for my future. I’m looking ahead rather than looking back! 2017 is going to bring so many extraordinary experiences and moments, I am jumping out my seat just elated for what’s to come.